Fostering for the ASPCA

With the help of an amazing group of foster volunteers, the ASPCA Foster Care Program gives animals who are not yet ready for adoption a chance to live and be loved in foster homes. Through this exciting partnership between our staff and NYC-area volunteers, the ASPCA is able to:

  • Reduce the amount of time an animal lives in the Adoption Center
  • Accept more animals into our Adoption Center
  • Increase adoptions by better preparing animals to become beloved family members

By becoming a volunteer foster caregiver to ASPCA animals, you’ll get the chance to spend QT with some tiny kittens, teach a dog how to love and be loved, or watch an injured kitty get back on her feet thanks to your care and attention. It’s an immensely rewarding experience you’ll never forget, and it saves animals’ lives in a very direct way.

If you live in the New York City area and you think you’ve got what it takes to become an ASPCA volunteer foster caregiver, read on!

Meet the Candidates

Which four-legged friends do we send home with foster caregivers? Foster candidates are animals who aren’t quite ready for adoption—usually mothers with newborn litters, young kittens and puppies, and recovering sick or injured animals. Some simply need an attentive foster caregiver to help socialize them so they’re completely ready to be successful family members.

The reasons for sending animals to foster are varied. Sometimes shelters receive animals that are not medically healthy enough for adoption, but still have the right to live out their golden years in loving homes and with proper medical treatment. For these pets, the ASPCA supports finding homes that are part foster, part hospice—or "fospice." Are you ready to open your heart and home to a fospice animal?

NEW: Kitten Foster Parents Needed This Spring!

Every spring, the ASPCA welcomes hundreds of baby kittens who are too young to be placed up for adoption. We need your help to provide them with a safe place to grow and play. Fostering kittens helps them develop into pets who are ready for adoption once they are old enough.

We provide the food, supplies and support. You provide your home and lots of love for about 2-6 weeks. Once the kittens are old enough, we will adopt them out to loving homes. If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, spring is the best time to do so. If you live in the New York City area, please consider becoming a kitten foster parent today! For more information, check out the Getting Started section below.

In Addition:

Some of our shelter pets require special medical attention, including medicated baths, physical therapy, daily medication or other medical care. Other animals may need support in a home environment to adjust to behaviors needed to become a lifelong family companion. We are seeking individuals with professional veterinary experience who can provide foster care to these animals. This is a great opportunity for veterinarians, and other medical professionals to join together to assist in providing better health and medical treatment for our most needy pets while they wait to be adopted. If you are able to assist, and you are dedicated to compassionate animal care with quality medical treatment, we are looking for you!


The ASPCA provides our foster caregivers with all the food and supplies they need to take care of their foster animals, and we cover all medical expenses for foster animals, including medication.

You need only provide your home—and attention and love for your foster animals!


The ASPCA provides training to prepare you to care for a foster animal. Whether you plan to foster cats or dogs, you'll need to take our two-hour Foster Care Orientation Class.

If you run into questions, our Foster Care Management Team will be there to support you every step of the way. And when it comes time, we’ll help you prepare to say goodbye to your foster charges as they head to our Adoption Center to find loving forever homes.

Getting Started

Ready to enroll? Follow these simple steps to becoming an ASPCA foster care volunteer:

  1. Please follow this link to begin your foster registration process if you live in the NYC area, and if you are 21 years of age and older.
  2. You will be directed to additional foster information, guidelines, and a foster care questionnaire that you must complete before you can be signed up for the class.
  3. Once you submit the questionnaire you will automatically be signed up for the next class.

Please note: We require foster caregivers to be at least 21 years old. If you are not 21 years old, you’ll need a guardian to attend the Foster Care Orientation Class with you.

But what’s fostering really like? Check out a few foster caregivers’ stories about the magic of fostering for the ASPCA!